The 2020 Idaho legislative session is underway, and with the Idaho primary elections looming in just a few months, there may not be much time to push solid pro-gun legislation.
So, what’s in store for Idaho’s gun owners this year?
According to Idaho Republican Representative Christy Zito (Dist. 23), there are a number of pro-gun issues that will be front and center in 2020.
“We have several issues that we are working on. First, is an expansion of Idaho’s Stand-Your-Ground law to include criminal immunity. Second, we want to strengthen our state’s firearm preemption law. Third, we want to complete Idaho’s Constitutional Carry law by removing the absurd ‘residency’ requirement inside city limits.”
Idaho recently passed an expansion of their Constitutional Carry law by lowering the age limit to 18-years-old.
However, Idaho still requires that a non-resident carrying concealed inside city limits have a permit. It’s an arbitrary requirement that needs to be eliminated.
Idaho also codified most of its Stand-Your-Ground law in 2018.
One key component of Stand-Your-Ground is still missing though: Criminal Immunity
Criminal immunity is a crucial pillar of Stand-Your-Ground because it helps deter radical anti-gun prosecutors.
Idaho has a firearm preemption statute like most states. However, one problem with Idaho’s preemption law is that it doesn’t contain any penalties for those elected officials who knowingly and willfully violate it.
Rep. Heather Scott (Dist. 1) will be working together with Rep. Zito to ensure that Idahoans get the best Preemption bill possible.
Of course, there is no telling what will happen in an election year.
There are a number of “Republican” legislators in Idaho who refuse to support some of these efforts. They insist that Idaho’s gun laws are good enough and don’t need to be improved.
Some of them flat out oppose them because they are spineless cowards.
The Idaho Second Amendment Alliance is pushing hard to hold their feet to the fire and will keep voters informed about what is happening on the ground in Boise.
We will keep you updated as well!